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Connections New and Old at UGA’s Tate Center

November 21, 2008

Quote of the Day: “If you want to be like Daniel, take Jerry Hale’s class!” - Logan’s last words to the Tate Center audience. (Crew-member Daniel Epting was a student of Jerry Hale’s). The crowd left with mixed feelings.

With sponsorship from Jenny Manders and our friends at IHDD (Institute on Human Development and Disability), we got to screen Darius Goes West at the University of Georgia! Many of the crew members are alumni of UGA, while others are taking a year away from UGA to work for DGW.

The Tate Center, where the screening was held, is in the middle of UGA’s campus. Within about a hundred yards of the screening, cameramen John Hadden and Dylan Wilson learned Film Studies and Photojournalism, respectively. A little farther away (about a quarter of a mile), Daniel took his Speech Communication classes. A little bit farther (maybe a half-mile), Ben, Logan, and Collin studied Education. Sam and John Harmon also took classes at UGA. It was a special night for everyone.

Here, Daniel shows off the knack for public speaking he picked up at Georgia.

Long-time friend Jerry Hale, who teaches in the Speech Communications Department at UGA, is a major source of DGW support at UGA.  In fact, he’s teaching a seminar this semester that focuses on our film! Jerry also gets props for surviving while Daniel was a student…

and for doing such a great job! Daniel ends every screening with an improvised, different-every-night address to the audience where he pitches our DVD RVs. Looks like another successful plug. Great work, Daniel–and Jerry!

It’s always incredible to see folks who have been with the cause from day one meet up with new supporters.

At this screening in Darius Goes West’s home of Athens, that was especially true.

We have to give a special shout-out to L.E.A.D for helping us out at a DGW booth at the Tate Center Plaza the day after the screening. The free pizza they gave away really helped attract students to our table!

This was a unique opportunity to raise money and awareness for our cause in the place that shaped so many of us. Thanks to everyone who helped make it happen!


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2 Responses to “Connections New and Old at UGA’s Tate Center”

  1. On November 22nd, 2008, Gracie said:

    Hey Guys! You visited my school yesterday. You all did a great job. I have truly been inspired by Darius and you guy’s love for him. I thought about what you said. This year at Christmas I am going to play the dvd i bought so that my WHOLE family can see it (aunts, uncles, cousins, family friends, grandparents, etc.) I want them to have thier hearts touched the way that mine was. Aslo, my mom and I are going to purchase t-shirts so that all of my family (above) can have one. I have a few aunts that teach at high schools. I talked to one of them on the phone yesterday and she said that she would be happy to spread the awareness. good luc with the rest of your journey. And remember how much each and every one of you means to each other.

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